President Barack Obama told donors at a trio of fundraisers Monday evening that the U.S. can learn lessons from the resilience of Boston in the marathon bombing and the town of West, Texas, in the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant. Altogether, the fundraisers netted more than $3 million for national Democratic groups.
He raised more than $2 million for the Democratic National Committee and at least $1 million for the main Democratic groups that campaign for House and Senate candidates. The fundraising totals are calculations based on the number of attendees and the lowest ticket price, which started at $16,200 for the DNC events and $7,500 for the other events, according to officials with the organizations. They said some tickets cost as much as $32,400 a person.
One of Obama's fundraisers was at the home of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, a well-known backer of the president. That event was attended by musician-actors Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, pool reporters in the room said.
He also brushed shoulders with actor Jay Pharoah, who plays him on "Saturday Night Live." It was not clear when they mey from from Pharoah's tweets relaying that news.
"Just met @BarackObama pretty dope!" he posted to Twitter.
The second was at the home of Alexandra Stanton, co-chair of a pro-Israel group, and former political adviser Sam Natapoff.
Obama's final event was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the senior senator from New York, Chuck Schumer.
On his way out of that dinner, he told attendees they were "investing in people who share your values and your vision for the future. ...
"It's that spirit that we saw in West, Texas; it's the spirit we saw in Boston; it's the spirit that we see here in New York City, and as I was driving up and saw the new Freedom Tower rising, it reminded me of just what it is that we're fighting for."